Has Christ­mas in Scot­land be­come too com­mer­cialised?

Has our ex­ces­sive shop­ping and spend­ing be­come too much?

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YES Says Lorne Gil­lies, free­lance writer from Glas­gow...

It sweeps its merry way into the shops and sprin­kles fes­tive glit­ter that sparkles all over town, Christ­mas. For months now Christ­mas has been sneak­ing up on us with ad­verts churn­ing out deals, shops spring­ing up jin­gles and jan­gles of dec­o­ra­tions and we start sav­ing a lit­tle ex­tra to buy presents, I think we’ve all gone a bit Christ­mas daft! Be­com­ing an in­creas­ingly ex­pen­sive hol­i­day it would seem us Scots are among the big­gest spenders. In a poll with Ra­di­u­mone in 2015 it was re­vealed Scot­tish shop­pers could eas­ily spend £1.84 bil­lion over the fes­tive sea­son, that’s around an av­er­age of £416.27 per per­son. With the cost of liv­ing rapidly in­creas­ing, and the pres­sure of run­ning out to get presents for our near­est and dear­est, Christ­mas is stress­ful! With wish-lists from friends and fam­ily to buy for, I find this merry sea­son damp­ened by the de­mand to get gifts. Christ­mas has lost its charm in my eyes with the con­stant won­der of what presents I should buy and for who, what amount of money should I spend on this per­son, are they hand­ing out gifts this

year, what if they don’t like their gift? My head is spin­ning. As much as I like to think I have the same bank bal­ance as Kim Kardashian (Santa, take note) the de­mand to get great gifts, go on Christ­mas nights out and ev­ery­thing else that comes with the sea­son along­side do­ing nor­mal day tasks, like pay bills, takes the shine off of the fes­tive sea­son. Thanks to big com­pa­nies show­cas­ing their fan­tas­tic deals or new win­ter range and stores pre­par­ing for Christ­mas months in ad­vance, the sea­son seems to be more about spend­ing money than en­joy­ing time with loved ones. Don’t get me wrong win­ter is one of the best times of the year, cosy jumpers, hot choco­late and a plethora of Ger­man mar­kets filled with unique arts and crafts and de­li­cious food. How­ever, the magic fades away with the rush of thou­sands of peo­ple pan­icbuy­ing, not be­ing able to get that de­li­cious hot choco­late be­cause ev­ery café is burst­ing at the seams with shop­pers and their bags. There was once a time where Christ­mas was about spend­ing time with fam­ily to en­joy de­li­cious food and cel­e­brate the new year to come. Those fes­tiv­i­ties have slowly, but in­evitably, dwin­dled with the rise of stores up­selling prod­ucts to con­sumers en­cour­ag­ing us to spend lots of money on de­signer clothes, the lat­est toys all the way to ex­pen­sive jew­ellery only to re­duce the price by more than half on Box­ing Day. Come Box­ing Day we rush out to the shops spend­ing MORE money in the sales or re­turn­ing gifts that didn’t quite hit the spot. Af­ter the Christ­mas hang­over has fin­ished I guar­an­tee we have all mut­tered the phrase “let’s tow it in next year” only to spend the same if not more on presents and food. I have to ad­mit I love dream­ing about de­li­cious stuff­ing, fluffy roast pota­toes and melt in the mouth Christ­mas din­ner, but just like buy­ing presents we overindulge when it comes to food. This year I’ll be es­cap­ing the fes­tive bub­ble and spend­ing a week in the sun drink­ing non-christ­mas mar­gar­i­tas be­side the pool and spend­ing money en­joy­ing a well-earned break with fam­ily!

This merry sea­son is damp­ened by the de­mand to get gifts... Christ­mas has lost its charm.

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